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    Score: 5.00. Votes: 7

    Menu Description: "Our own housemade vodka made with fresh golden pineapple infused in Skyy Infusions Passion Fruit Vodka."

    These two signature drinks from the steakhouse chain are made with the delicious Skyy Passion Fruit Vodka that has been further infused with fresh pineapple. The Pineapple Goldrush is the infused vodka served straight up in a martini glass, while the strawberry version is served in a cocktail glass with the refreshing addition of strawberry puree and lemonade.

    This recipe makes enough of the infused vodka for a couple dozen drinks, so this recipe is perfect when you've got a summer party coming up, and you want it to be a rager. Use a large canister to make the flavored vodka, and be sure to stack the fresh pineapple slices with spaces between them so that the vodka can perform its infusion magic. After a week or so you'll see that the vodka has turned a light yellow color and the pineapple slices have faded. that's your cue to remove the pineapple and store the vodka. At this point the pineapple slices have become potent little vodka bombs and can be thrown away, unless you want to use them as garnishes for the cocktails. Just beware before you bite into one because they are stingers! My bartender at LongHorn Steakhouse told me that she would sometimes take the loaded pineapple slices home and blend them into other cocktails. She said those pickled pina slices were responsible for some of the craziest parties she's ever thrown.

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    Score: 4.38. Votes: 8

    This clones Starbucks "Low-fat Creamy Blend of Coffee and Milk" that you find in the 9 1/2-ounce bottles in most stores. Those little suckers will set you back at least a buck, but this Top Secret Recipes version costs a mere fraction of that. The recipe requires espresso, but don't worry if you don't have an espresso machine. Check out the Tidbits below for a way to clone espresso with a standard drip machine and ground coffee. 

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    More like dessert than a cocktail, really. You won't hear me complain.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 5.00. Votes: 1

    To make a version of this frozen treat at home, with fat reduced by about 75 percent, you will need fat-free vanilla ice cream, Nestle Quick, and low-fat milk. Oh, and a blender.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size–1 16-ounce
    Total servings–2
    Calories per serving–470 (Original–440)
    Fat per serving–2g (Original–11g)

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Lite by Todd Wilbur.

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    To make your own version of the syrup for this orange soda that comes to us from the Pepsi-Cola Company, you need to combine a simple syrup recipe with two popular versions of dry orange mix: Kool-Aid orange unsweetened drink mix and Tang. But unlike the real thing that contains no juice, your homemade version includes a bit of real orange juice solids that come powdered into every scoop of Tang mix. After you make the syrup, be sure to let it cool in the refrigerator before you combine it with cold soda water.  

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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    In 1972, brothers-in-law Leonard Marsh and Hyman Golden had become tired of running a window-washing business. They contacted their friend Arnold Greenberg and told him they wanted to start selling bottle fruit juices. Greenberg had a health-food store and thought their idea for all-natural beverages was a good one, so together they started selling pure fruit juices under the name Unadulterated Food Products. It took the trio about a decade to acquire the name they really wanted, Snapple, for $500 from a guy in Texas who has used it on an apple soda that bombed. Snapple's big break came in 1988, when the company started bottling ready-to-drink iced teas. It took only five years for Snapple to become the leader in the iced tea market, blowing away giants Lipton and Nestea. The Snapple iced tea phenomenon helped the company increase sales between 1988 and 1992 by nearly 1,300 percent.

    Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 4.24. Votes: 17

    Burt Baskin and Irv Robbin's idea to franchise their ice cream stores for rapid growth was so inspired that the company's former milk shake machine salesman, Ray Kroc, adopted the technique to successfully expand his new chain of McDonald's hamburger outlets.

    Ice cream is this chain's staple. So this coffee drink, unlike the Frappuccino made famous by Starbucks, requires adding ice cream for a creamy texture and rich taste. If you've got a blender you can clone either of the two varieties of this refreshing coffee beverage. For chocoholics bent on everything mocha, just add some chocolate syrup to the mix.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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    In a blender, Cinnabon adds concentrated flavoring, some ice and a curious secret ingredient referred to only as a "dairy product." When blended smooth, out comes these thick, refreshing drinks that look and taste like they were made with ice cream. For this clone we just need a little half-and-half that's half cream and half milk for those of you across the pond. It gives this version the exact same creamy consistency as the original with its custom "dairy" ingredient. Strawberry is the most popular of the flavors, but the other two are tasty as well. The Mochalatta version uses the TSR clone of the Mochalatta Chill and produces a thicker blended version of the drink, similar to Starbucks popular blended Frappuccino.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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    Here's a quick recipe for the dessert drink served at Hard Rock Cafes all over the world. With only a few ingredients you can make this one quick in the blender. Great on a hot day. And it's easy to double or quadruple to serve more.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 5.00. Votes: 3

    Restaurateurs Joseph Gilbert and John Robinson needed a name for the new restaurant they planned to open in the Country Club Plaza of Kansas City, Missouri. To make the job easy, they kept the name of the location's previous tenant—a clothing store called Houlihan's Mens Wear—and opened Houlihan's Old Place in 1972. This was at the time when T.G.I. Friday's was popularizing casual dining, so the concept was an instant hit. That early success led to more Houlihan's opening in other states, and another multi-million dollar chain was born. The Houli Fruit Fizz is a simple blend of fruit juices and Sprite that can be served with a meal or enjoyed on its own. This drink is one of Houlihan's own classic, signature recipes.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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